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Pleasant Places

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Quayola

  • Quayola

    Quayola

Synopsis

Titled like the first series of landscapes prints produced in Holland in the Seventeenth century, Pleasant Places consists of a series
of digital paintings exploring the boundary between representation and abstraction. Inspired by the work of Vincent Van Gogh, Quayola has returned to the same countryside of Provence 125 years later.
The landscapes serve as a point of departure – a pretext to shape an inner motion and vision. Through the misuse of image-analysis and manipulation algorithms, Pleasant Places challenges the photographic image and proposes alternative modes of vision and synthesis. Familiar landscapes – filmed in Ultra-High-Definition – is shown with meticulous attention to details and to the anthropomorphic shapes of the trees. As the outlines of trees and shrubs get blurred, nature becomes dense and almost impenetrable. The resulting compositions remain, suggestively, suspended between representation and abstraction, between the depth of the natural scenery and the surface of the screen. In contrast to this vision, raw data-visualisations of colour and motion information follow in sequence the contemplative digital paintings to remind us what really lies beneath the surface. Pleasant Places takes landscape as a point of departure towards abstraction, reducing the complexity of the world into new alternative synthesis. http://www.quayola.com

Details

Year
2015
Type of film
Shorts
Running Time
55'
Format
4K Video
Director
Quayola
Producer
Nicolas Wierinck
Software Programming
Nikolai Matviev
Cinematography
James Medcraft
Sound Design
Simone Lalli
Producer Shoot
Luigi Filotico
Assistants
Caterina Rossato, Sebastiano Barbieri

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